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Lebanese star Fadi al-Khatib: Pistons want to sign me this summer

Dany Abboud of Lebanon’s The Daily Star (I am a GM):

Is Fadi al-Khatib NBA material? It’s a question that has been continuously asked by basketball fans on the internet, considering his huge contribution to the success of the Lebanese national team over the past 10 years.

The answer to the question has come from the Detroit Pistons, who have recently been exchanging emails with Fadi, as “The Tiger” confirmed to The Daily Star in a phone call. A contract may be signed as early as this summer.

“It’s true. I have been exchanging emails with Joe Dumars [Detroit Pistons’ President], who has asked me to come in summer,” revealed Khatib, who is 32 years old.

He added: “I don’t know yet if I am going. Playing in the NBA is something professional players dream of, but I have a family and I am starting a new project here.”

I’ve never heard of Khatib, and when I first read this report, I figured he was a young big man. He’s neither, actually a 32-year-old 6-foot-6 guard/forward – but I still hope the Pistons sign him, anyway.

Jonathan Givony and Kristian Hohnjec of Draft Express evaluated al-Khatib before the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan:

While we don’t know much about the Lebanese national team, one thing we do know is that their star player is undoubtedly Fadi El Khatib.

In September of 2003, the Los Angeles Clippers inked him to the one year non-guaranteed contract that is standard for players invited to come to training camp. The Clippers then waived him just a day later when they found out that he actually is under contract with his team in Lebanon. El Khatib reportedly could not resolve a buyout with his team, Sagesse Beirut, at the time, which has forced him to stay in obscurity for the last three years.

One year prior to that, he made a name for himself at the international level by averaging 17.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.6 steals at the last version of the World Championships in Indianapolis. Despite his excellent individual showing there, Lebanon finished dead last in the tournament. This year, the bookmakers so far are predicting a similar fate. If El Khatib can hope them avoid that and continue to put up the type of impressive numbers he did in Indianapolis four years ago, this time at the ripe age of 27, a shot at the NBA or at least a contract with a top European league could very well still be in his future.

Luis Fernández and Hohnjec followed up with a brief post-tournament assessment:

Fadi El Khatib is very decent scorer, but others players are of amateurish quality.

Without knowing anything more about him, al-Khatib is a potential difference maker, and the Pistons desperately need more difference makers. In all likelihood, at his age, al-Khatib will be no better than someone like Damien Wilkins. But Wilkins’ value is already clear at this point, and his upside is practically non-existent.

Bad teams like the Pistons need to take chances on high-upside players like al-Khatib.

72 Comments

  • Jan 21, 201211:57 am
    by neutes

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    Is this sarcasm?

    • Jan 21, 201212:02 pm
      by Jacob

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      I was wondering the same thing. This whole story sounds like satire in the vain of Sidd Finch. Except al-Khatib is a real person. I am really confused by this whole thing.

  • Jan 21, 201212:47 pm
    by Patrick Hayes

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    Could be reminiscent of when the team signed Zelly Rebraca in the early 2000s. Rebraca was past his prime, but contributed for the Pistons, especially during his rookie year. Any big with a pulse will suffice as an upgrade at this point.

    • Jan 21, 20121:32 pm
      by Dalton

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      The problem is this guy isn’t a big though. He’d give the Pistons about six small forwards when Singler comes back…

  • Jan 21, 20122:46 pm
    by Laser

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    WTF does any 32 year old have to contribute to this team?? Joe stated in his latest bullshit interview that he’s not going to add any pieces that aren’t going to be a part of the team’s future. He could be the athletic, shot-blocking difference-making big man the team keeps saying they need to put next to Greg Monroe, and we’re still a 100% DEAD FUCKING LOCK for the lottery. He could come into the NBA, instantly be the league’s best player, and we’d still be a lottery team.

    • Jan 21, 20123:19 pm
      by Steve K

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      People get a bit obsessed with age, I think. Best case scenario — he’s a diamond in the rough. Pistons get 2-3 years of production out of the guy before he declines.

      Worst case scenario — he sucks and the Pistons are out a few hundred grand.

      Seems worth the risk.

      At this point, the Pistons need to look more at cost than age. Joe D’s maxed out the cap so he’s now got a moneyball situation on his hands.

      • Jan 23, 20126:50 pm
        by Laser

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        2-3 years of production out of any one player means nothing, because it won’t be enough to make a difference. The best case scenario would be that we trade him for some young assets, but Dumars has a history of failing to do that.

    • Jan 21, 20124:07 pm
      by tarsier

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      This is precisely why I say that you have the most blind pessimism of any commenter. I’m sorry, but if he were the best player in the NBA, he would be better than Lebron. And if you add Lebron to the current Pistons, they instantly become a contender (see what he did with absolute crap Cleveland teams). Your comments imply that Detroit somehow has negative talent and that the contracts on the books are for players so bad that they will magically continue to hurt both the talent and the cap room of the team even after expiring.

      • Jan 23, 20126:53 pm
        by Laser

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        I may be prone to hyperbole (as demonstrated above), but I don’t believe that the Pistons would be contenders if you added Lebron. Sadly, adding Lebron probably makes us pretty average. I bet we make the playoffs, and how far we went would come down to matchups. But I think any team that’s based 99% around Lebron will be more geared towards winning in the regular season than the playoffs, and I still don’t think we win many regular season games.

        Take Lebron away from all those rubbish teams he was on in the last decade and you basically have the Pistons.

        • Jan 23, 20128:52 pm
          by Patrick Hayes

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          Seriously? Did you not see the Cleveland roster that Lebron dragged to the Finals? There is not a single non-Lebron player on that roster who is as good as Greg Monroe. It was Lebron and a bunch of spot-up shooters. You don’t think Gordon as a career 40 percent 3-pt shooter would have huge numbers with a player like James creating shots for him? You add a player of Lebron’s caliber to any roster in the NBA and they are contenders instantly. I don’t understand how anyone claiming to be the basketball savant you are could debate that, frankly. That Cleveland roster all those years proved it. He turned Mo freaking Williams into an All-Star.

    • Jan 21, 20124:12 pm
      by tarsier

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      But I too have no interest in a 32 year old. Even if he were good, he wouldn’t be by the time the Pistons have the potential to contend again. And in the meantime, his only potential value would be to flip him for other assets. I don’t trust that Dumars would have the brains/plan to do that.

      As you can tell, i am hardly high on the Pistons’ situation. But not am I crazy enough to say:

      “He could be the athletic, shot-blocking difference-making big man the team keeps saying they need to put next to Greg Monroe, and we’re still a 100% DEAD FUCKING LOCK for the lottery. He could come into the NBA, instantly be the league’s best player, and we’d still be a lottery team.”
      Voice of reason, indeed. SMH!!

  • Jan 21, 20123:08 pm
    by frankie d

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    sarcasm…insanity…
    anyone wondering why the franchise is in its current state of disrepair would only have to read that joe was thinking of bringing in a “32″ year old SF/SG.  
    here is some youtube highlights of him in one game from ’09.  he looks and moves like a smaller, thicker, slower hedo turkoglu.  the only thing that allows hedo to do what he does is the fact that he is 6’10″.  it is hard to imagine how a guy with al-Khatib’s game would be able to play, at his size.
    as someone mentioned, this would make about 6 SFs.
    tay…daye…jj…and a couple of players, stuckey and CV, who both play at the 3 sometimes…singler, if he doesn’t get scared off by the crazy stuff joe d is doing……
    joe d seems to have an unhealthy obsession with wing players.  instead of focusing on the team’s real needs – big guys –  he brings in old guys who will do  nothing buy further crowd positions where more PT is needed for young players.
    the killer, of course, is that the guy is “32″.  i might be willing to believe that he may have fudged a bit on his age.  maybe not, but it wouldn’t be beyond the realm of possibility.  and even at 32, what sense does it make to bring a guy like that in.
    it makes about as much sense as bringing in a 5’11″ 29 year old rookie point guard when you have just declared that you are rebuilding and dedicated to developing your young players.
    again, if anyone needs an example of why the team is in it’s current straits, this matter is a perfect example.

  • Jan 21, 20123:10 pm
    by frankie d

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    here’s the youtube link. sorry.
    also, excuse my horrible grammar above.  should have proofed it before hitting submit.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rd_kG6rzvm0&feature=topics

    • Jan 21, 20123:26 pm
      by Mark

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      I cant stop laughing at that video, lol.

      But, he looks closer to 40 than 30…and looks kind of overweight/sluggish to be a swingman.

      After every shot he was winded too, lmao.

    • Jan 21, 20124:16 pm
      by tarsier

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      Wow. he looks like an overweight, middle eastern Juwan Howard.

    • Jan 22, 201210:05 am
      by freywagg

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      HAHAHAHA. it’ll be awesome when Dumars really does sign him.

  • Jan 21, 20123:17 pm
    by Mark

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    “High upside player”?

    How much upside is there for a 32 yr old rookie? LOL!

    The only thing I take from this little nugget of news is that Joe must be REALLY struggling to find talent, if he’s searching the Middle East for 32 yr old swingmen.

  • Jan 21, 20123:18 pm
    by frankie d

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    this also brings to mind how poorly the team has scouted and signed foreign players.  after being one of the league’s leaders about a decade ago, it is almost like the darko debacle scared them off.   i do know that the scout, tony ronzone, was a big part of their overseas efforts and when he left, that hurt, but it appeared that he had fallen out of favor far earlier.
    instead of bringing in young guys who might be with the team when they are ready to contend, they bring in someone on his last legs.
    calling up walker russell falls into the same category.  instead of scouring the d-league for young guys who are hungry and may be ready and able to contribute for the next 3-5 years, they bring up a 29 year old guy they are familiar and comfortable with.  even when they use the d-league, they don’t use it the right way.

  • Jan 21, 20123:22 pm
    by Mark

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    As for the glut of SF’s, imo, Joe would be signing him to play SG, not SF.

    And this likely would be in anticipation that Gordon will not be here next year – whether traded or amnestied. Possibly Stuckey as well.

    So I’m all for it if that the case.

    • Jan 21, 20123:54 pm
      by Joe Dumars

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      If they even like him at SF, for all we know they could chose not to resign Wilkins, get rid of Day, and Singler could chose to stay in Europe for another year.

      It doesn’t hurt to keep your options open.

  • Jan 21, 20123:47 pm
    by Mark

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    btw, I looked it up and he’s actually 33 yrs old, not 32. He just turned 33 on January 1st.

    So if we signed him in the summer, by this time next year he will be 34!

    My question is why is Dumars using his time/energy scouting 34 yr old’s from other countries who have 0 NBA experience??

    • Jan 21, 20123:59 pm
      by Joe Dumars

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      I imagine hes someone Dumars has been looking at on/off for years.

      Since he only got a 1 year non-guarenteed from the Clippers in 2003, I doubt he would get more than that now. I don’t see why it would hurt to get a look at him in training camp.

      • Jan 21, 20124:19 pm
        by Mark

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        no, it wouldn’t hurt on a min deal, but didn’t Joe just say if he’s not getting a young pice to add to the core or financial help, than he’ not interested in any deal?

        So why is he interested in a 34 yr old rookie?

        From Wilkins to Walker and now this, Joe keeps talking about finding young players, but whenever there is a young project big available he’s not interested. But as soon as a 30+ yr old journeyman is available he’s all for it.

        His logic just makes no sense.

        • Jan 21, 20124:31 pm
          by frankie d

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          there is no logic to what he has been doing the last few years.
          once you accept that fact, everything makes some kind of sense.
          when you look at what he is doing, it almost borders on insanity.
          while teams pummel the team inside, he ignores any young big guys and focuses on signing 33 year old wing men.

        • Jan 21, 20124:36 pm
          by Joe Dumars

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          “no, it wouldn’t hurt on a min deal, but didn’t Joe just say if he’s not getting a young pice to add to the core or financial help, than he’ not interested in any deal?”

          I assumed he was talking about just trades, not free agent signings.

          “So why is he interested in a 34 yr old rookie?

          From Wilkins to Walker and now this, Joe keeps talking about finding young players, but whenever there is a young project big available he’s not interested. But as soon as a 30+ yr old journeyman is available he’s all for it.

          His logic just makes no sense.”

          Who’s this young project big? The Pistons don’t really have trade assets outside of Monroe, Knight, and draft picks so idk how they could make a move for one. You can’t assume Dumars wasn’t interested in whoever you’re refering to.

          You can’t really expect Dumars to fill out the rest of the roster with young players, even though he would probably like to. This Fadi guy sounds more like potential training camp fodder, than a priority.

          • Jan 21, 20125:56 pm
            by tarsier

            To pull a name out of a hat, how about Marcus Lewis? He is 25, I think, so not super young but reasonably young. He has been great in the D-league and most importantly has potential. Odds are he couldn’t stick in the NBA, but you don’t know if you don’t try him. Byron Mullens was another option, but no more.

          • Jan 21, 20127:34 pm
            by Mark

            How about Keith Benson or Fesenko? Mullens was an option, as was Speights who just had a good game against us last night. Omar Samhan might become serviceable one day. Samardo Samuels was available in FA and looks like a good young big man that CLE now has.

            Joe NEVER pursues these type of guys.

            There’s young project bigs all over the place, just like there are young project guards/forwards. Joe just always chooses the guard/forwards, and then wonders why we have no big men. SMH

            His priorities are F’d.

          • Jan 21, 20127:41 pm
            by Mark

            Plus, in the rare case we do end up with a young project big on the roster, he never plays!

            We have a guy in Macklin that could develop into something, but we’ll never know because we can’t have him taking minutes away from Maxiell can we?

            Yet, Walker Russell Jr, a 29 yr old PG from the D-League can come in and get 20 min in his first game. But your 2nd round pick project big gets nothing but 2 min garbage time once every 3 games.

            Joe runs a guard-biased ship here, and there’s no time to develop any young big men around here, unless its a lottery pick.

          • Jan 21, 20128:39 pm
            by Patrick Hayes

            @Mark:

            As an Oakland alum, I’d love to see Benson make it in the NBA, but I just don’t think he can. He’s not strong enough and, since he was 5-year college player after red-shirting, he’s older than most skinny big prospects, so the likelihood of him filling out is, well, slim.

  • Jan 21, 20125:09 pm
    by HorsePower

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    If this eventuates, I am looking forward to the `spin` the front office is going to make.
     
    Please look at the 76ers for the blueprint to retooling a team ~ Joe.

  • Jan 21, 20128:55 pm
    by domnick

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    i know el-khatib…. i saw his game during FIBA Asia and he’s good…
    but nowhere near NBA LEVEL…. this guy is a joke if he ever makes his spot on PISTONS…

  • Jan 22, 20121:55 am
    by Max

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    This is all a bit overblown.  Do you guys watch summer league?  The report says Dumars wants him to go to summer league and most undrafted players who get invited to summer league do not make NBA teams.
    Also, everyone seems to like the addition of Russell and he is 30.  Who cares how old he is?  He looks like a rather intelligent, multi-faceted player and who knows what the team will actually look like next year?   I like players who have large tool boxes and we didn’t see his D, but his steals are very high.
    When Hubie Brown says, “Plenty of time..”, during a game, he might only be referring to three seconds, whereas Joe Dumars, whether you think he will or not, has “Plenty of time…” to turn over much of the roster by this time next year and Wilkens is on a non-guaranteed contract.  That leaves Prince, Daye and Jerebko who might rather figure at PF anyway.   Hardly a glut if one or more of them were moved.

  • Jan 22, 20121:59 am
    by Max

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    @Mark……………….yes, “we will never know” about Macklin because he hasn’t been used very much during the first 17 games of his NBA career.

  • Jan 22, 20122:09 am
    by Max

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    @Mark………also, Walker is a lot more seasoned than Macklin and was brought in as emergency support due to injuries so of course he got the minutes.   If he continues to play well, than why shouldn’t Frank play him?  You know Sabonis was a pretty old rookie once and so was Rodman.  Now of course, Russell is not going to be as good as those guys, but on 15 man rosters, not everyone needs to be part of your five year plan and a 29 year old rookie can certainly help out for at least a few seasons if he has the tools.
    You guys need to stop looking at the competition between players for minutes merely in terms of how it harms the youngsters because it goes against the grain of the nature of team.  There are both positives and negatives and if the past two seasons have taught us anything, it is that depth at a position can change very quickly as players fall to injuries.
    For all we know this guy is merely Dumars’ plan Z and I for one would like him to explore that many options.

    • Jan 22, 20122:54 pm
      by frankie d

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      the type of player who loses it fastest in the nba is the quick little pass-first point guard who can’t shoot.  once he loses that elite quickness, he literally has nothing left to offer.  you rarely see those guys past the early 30′s, cause that is where they lose it.  and russell is fast approaching that age.
      big centers/PFs can still defend and rebound as they get older.  SGs and SFs can still shoot and score, even as they age. 
      but a quick little point guard who cannot seperate himself from a defender with his handle and quickness – sort of like a slowed-down jacques vaughn or mateen cleaves from day one – is useless.
      now, i like russell a lot and he brings something that the team desperately needs: competent point guard play.  his presence, even as a bench player, helps settle the team.
      he can play an eric maynor type role for the team.  in fact, i think that stuckey is a lot like westbrook, without the 3 point shot and elite, elite speed.  but maynor played an essential role for OKC because he would come in and settle the team down whenever they started fraying and whenever westbrook might get a little wild.  he’d run the offense, get everyone playing within their roles, and get the team on an even keel.  OKC is going to miss maynor a lot, especially during the playoffs.
      russell can play the same role for detroit, as he plays maynor to stuckey’s westbrook.
      while i’d hope that joe could find a younger version of russell – someone who might be around when the team was good – he definitely has value.  and he is vastly different from wilkins, because the team really does not need wilkins, while they desperately need a player like russell.

  • Jan 22, 20124:51 am
    by Max

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    Dumars has drafted and brought in plenty of big men over the years.   I don’t agree that he is in so in love with guards and I believe I have heard him profess that he didn’t believe in drafting for need and know that I have heard him stress the primacy of big men.   That said, he was forced rather than otherwise to draft Knight this year by how the draft played out and it was the right call.

  • Jan 22, 201210:18 am
    by Murph

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    I’m guessing that the Pistons interest in signing al-Khatib, is an attempt to apeal to the Detroit area’s large Arab-American/Muslim population.

    It’s all about marketing.

  • Jan 22, 20126:09 pm
    by naief

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    hahahahaha

    it seems u know nothing about fadi, his nick name is “The Tiger”. Imagine what does that mean?

    don’t judge through these silly vidoes. and where is the problem if he is 32 years old ? 

    i advice u to check what jordan said about him

  • Jan 22, 20126:47 pm
    by cheikh

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    Don’t you think playing at the age of 32-33 in the NBA is a huge thing ? he’s the Lebanese tiger, he’s just awesome , we all saw him kicking nba players asses from world cup 2002 till 2010 Navaro , Brown , Boris Diaw  … and in all Asian cups when playing against Yao Ming , Yi Jianlian and more other players … You like it or not he got the offer … lets see if he will sign …

  • Jan 22, 20126:56 pm
    by Alex

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    You’d better watch this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9YQNg_yQnA

  • Jan 22, 20127:49 pm
    by john

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    you guys are talking about the age of “el khatib” but you aren’t watching him in asia! he is a complete player he can shoot perfectly from the mid distance and from 3 points + he is a very good slasher and a great leader i follow this player in every  opportunity i’ve got. if he goes to the pistons it will be impressive watching him in the nba knowing that he has a big experience!

  • Jan 22, 201210:48 pm
    by Joe

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    Michael Jordan was quoted in the New York Times, “Michael Jordan believes Lebanon’s premiere player should be in the NBA.” He was also quoted in Time Magazine that “Fady el Khatib may be the strongest player at the moment we just need to see him play in the NBA against players like Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, Tim Duncan… and I’m sure he’ll impress us big time. I personally see that he may even be able to achieve results against me (laughs)”

    • Jan 23, 20127:14 am
      by Murph

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      If Michael Jordan thinks al-Khatib is so great, then why doesn’t MJ sign him?  

    • Jan 23, 20129:15 am
      by Patrick Hayes

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      Well, if the guy who made Kwame Brown the No. 1 pick in the draft and thought trading Rip Hamilton for Jerry Stackhouse was a good idea is sold, then who is anyone to question?

  • Jan 23, 20124:07 am
    by Patrick

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    Al khatibbbbbb all the wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  • Jan 23, 20124:19 am
    by nadim

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  • Jan 23, 20124:52 am
    by Moses

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    for all those who thinks that Fadi isn’t  player for the NBA, then think again!
    We saw this guy playing at 3 Fiba world cups playing against strong teams and NBA players! and the guy destroyed them! He’s playing now in the Lebanese League (the 2nd Best in Asia) and plays better than all the past years, this guy isn’t just a good shooter, but also great in penetrations, 3 pts, Rbds, Ass… Well a great overall player! and his experience is helping him a lot, he always fights on the court, never give up, never get angry, and always a big leader… So for those hoping to NOT see him with the pistons i really hope you are wrong coz this guy will be really helpfull to your team, in case he don’t join you, than you guys loose a great basketball player… lmao

  • Jan 23, 20127:12 am
    by Murph

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    “So for those hoping to NOT see him with the pistons i really hope you are wrong coz this guy will be really helpfull to your team, in case he don’t join you, than you guys loose a great basketball player… lmao”
    Oh man…now we as Pistons fans get insulted by a bunch of al-Khatib sycophants from the Middle East, because we have no interest in rebuilding with a 32 year old rookie.  Excellent!

    You who what this situation kind of reminds me of?…Walter Hermann.  I’m sure Walter “Fabio” Hermann was a star in Europe.  But by the time he got to the NBA, he was more of a novelty than anything else.  Sure, he could heat up and score 20 pts once in a while, but he was never fully integrated into the Pistons rotation, and he never helped the team win.

    Joe…please take a pass on al-Khatib.
     

  • Jan 23, 20128:50 am
    by john

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    murph do you watch fadi el khatib man! i think the highlights don’t show you anything! he is simply great. anyway can’t argue with you

  • Jan 23, 20129:08 am
    by naief

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    Murph,  u asked why MJ didn’t sign him. coz at that time his local team didn’t allow him to leave.
    and if u see that his age is a trouble, i can ensure for u that he can play another 6 years, if u think he can do nothing physically in ur team, he can do alot mentally due to his great experience

  • Jan 23, 20129:15 am
    by naief

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    murph, u asked why MJ didn’t sign hin, coz his local team at that time didn’t allow him to leave.

    and if u see that his age is a trouble, make sure that he can play another 6 years , if u think that he can do nothing physically for ur team, i think he can do alot mentally due to his great experience

  • Jan 23, 20129:24 am
    by ELIAS.G

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    You are funny people you do not know this player, even if you have seen him for a game or two this man is the best in the continent of Asia this player has kicked all the NBA players that came to the region even yao ming he didn’t stop him watch lebanon VS canada in the fiba world cup 2010 when he kicked carmelo anthony’s ass and lebanon won by 10 points so stop that silly talk about This player FADI AL KHATIB ME AS A LEBANESE PROUD OF HIM AND PROUD TO BE LEBANESE

    • Jan 23, 20129:50 am
      by Patrick Hayes

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      When did Carmelo Anthony become Canadian??

      • Jan 23, 20129:58 am
        by ELIAS.G

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        i’m sorry its mistake i mean joel anthony the miami heat player

        • Jan 23, 20122:25 pm
          by tarsier

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          Ah yes, big difference between being able to kick Melo’s ass and Joel’s ass.

  • Jan 23, 20129:30 am
    by Murph

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    naief…please, this is nothing personal.  I’m sure al-Khatib is a very good player and a great guy.  It’s just that the Pistons are terrible.  One veteran is not going to make a difference, no matter how good or bad he is.  We need to rebuild with 22 year olds, not 32 year olds.

    If al-Khatib is really as good as you say he is, then he needs to sign with a contender that he can help right away…not with a team like the Pistons that’s rebuilding.

    If the Pistons interest in al-Khatib is real, it must be because the Pistons marketing team thinks the Pistons can sell a few al-Khatib jerseys, and a few more tickets to home games. 

  • Jan 23, 201210:16 am
    by naief

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    Morph, u may be right if u are talking about pistons, sure u know pistons more than me, but i didn’t agree with someone who says that his existence has no effect on the team

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  • Jan 23, 20122:24 pm
    by nader

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    fadi el khatib has shown through his career that he can play against the strongest players in the world i just want u as a pistons fans just simply write fadi el khatib on youtube and see his caliber it’s just up to you and as for me i’ll give u some help in the few days coming fadi and his team is going to play against top teams from iran in the asia qualifications i’ll post you some links to watch the game and some international channels i hope you will give a bit of ur time and watch what can he do even if he is 32 years old and then just then give me ur opinion if he can be a + to ur team or no and btw he might refuse the offer he is still considering it so be sure that he has achieved a lot and he is not desperit to jopin in

  • Jan 24, 201210:08 am
    by Atef

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    our tiger is one of the best players in the world..but u dont watch him and u dont wven know him..we have in the lebanese league more than 20 players( x-nba) and kicked their asses..

  • Jan 26, 20126:42 am
    by Ralph

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    Detroit fans, i totally get you and please disregard some of the posts made by El Khatib’s fans who still haven’t fully grasped the concept of basketball although some of your comments towards Fadi were really hurtful and uncalled for seeing as you don’t know who Fadi El Khatib is as a person or a basketball player. your team is in restructuring mode and unfortunately some people don’t know what that means. they are blindsided by the fact that our lebanese superstar has a chance of playing in the NBA. Don’t get me wrong i would like nothing more than to see him in the big league but unfortunately it’s not as simple as that.Fadi is a great player and yes, he has faced several NBA and big European players over the years sometimes he delivered, sometimes he didn’t and yes, even though he is 32-33 years old you might find that hard to believe but he is still in his prime and he still has at least 4 good years ahead of him. However, there a big difference in facing a few NBA players on certain occasions and trying to keep with them up for 82 games in a league stacked with the world’s best players. I think that he has what it takes to play in the NBA, maybe not as a starter or even as a 6th man but there’s no doubt that Fadi will substantially solidify your bench which IMHO you desperately need. But the cold heart truth is that Fadi doesn’t fit in Detroit rebuilding plan. Joe should be focusing on getting a big guy next to Monroe like Andre Drummond. What puzzles me is the sudden interest in Fadi El Khatib which seems like a gamble to me. why is Joe interested in a player with zero NBA experience when there are younger experienced and probably more talented players who are worth the investment…and to the people who are saying that Jordan said Fadi should be in the NBA, we all know that this happened a long time ago a lot has changed since then. Plus, if he really believed in what he said why didn’t he try to sign him back in his days with the Wizards or now with the Bobcats? I also have 2 words for the people who trust in Jordan’s judgment of players:Kwame Brown!
    Deep down inside, I hope that Fadi proves us all wrong and gets his shot and then we will be able to say if he can make a difference in the big league or not.

  • [...] Lebanese star Fadi al-Khatib: Pistons want to sign me this summer …By Dan FeldmanThe answer to the question has come from the Detroit Pistons, who have recently been exchanging emails with Fadi, as “The Tiger” confirmed to The Daily Star in a phone call. A contract may be signed as early as this summer. “It's true.PistonPowered [...]

  • Mar 7, 20124:14 pm
    by anonymous

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    i am lebanes,and i am a huge fan of fady el khatib ,he is an excellent player and in 2002 M.jordan said that he is one of the best players around and he invited him to train with him and a couple of other guys like ray allen,but in 2002 he was 20 and we have to be realistic he is 32 now and even if he wasn’t i don’t think he has the athleticism and the speed to be a major player in the nba and thats even when he was young ,but i think that nba teams should scoute players from lebanon because we r ranked 16 in the world and we havee really great talent and good youth players and some of them r playing in the ncaa so i hope we will c them in the nba

  • Jul 8, 20129:04 am
    by Mathew

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    Im Half Lebanese and am a Chitown bulls fan.

    Fadi is actually a decent player. Those who are calling him shit or a waste is a very bold statement. You may be judging where he comes from not on how he performs. 
    Yeah, Lebanon have struggled with race fights, wars etc etc im not gonna go into detail about it But this PLayer FADI EL KATIB is NBA material. Even though hes 32 years old it doesnt make him less of a player.

    The great MJ even looked highly on Fadi. Even if he plays limited minutes like 20 minutes a game he culd be an asset. Dont judge becuase of age and nationality, Judge on individual peformance cause none of us here are better than the pros

    • Dec 25, 20127:46 am
      by GABY

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      Al-Khatib if he wants to think like you guys, he will never think to come to NBA. I am astonished seeing some speaking shits. Anyway his family, and the project planning for is more important for him. Anyway al-Khatib was praised by Jordan himself, respect.

  • Apr 13, 20135:59 am
    by Cedar

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    Al right guys you don’t know Fadi so maybe should look at this and tell me if he is or isn’t nba materialA

  • Apr 13, 20136:01 am
    by Cedar

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    and this

  • Apr 13, 20136:18 am
    by Cedar

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    have I convinced you enough plz respod

  • Apr 13, 20137:41 am
    by Tony

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    Well well i can see that a series of comments and conversations has been taking place since a year over here concerning the article! just 2 days ago the 33 years old player you guys are talking about scored 33 pts in one of the lebanese playoffs games and he’s averaging 25 pts a game. Fadi made Hedo Turkoglu look like a player barely playing in a Far Eastern or African league and same thing applies when the Lebanese National Team played against the Canadian National Team  and French NationalTeam with presence of Diaw, Gelabale…etcin the world cup. We’re not saying that Fadi will go and stand up head to head vs Lebron or Kobe, however, he can easily be a perfect six man and an asset to any team.Unfortunately he wasnt luck enough to enter the NBA couple of years back, due to a contract  he had with Hekmeh team. Like you guys are saying Fadi might not fit to play with Pistons as a formula . Btw talking about Lebanese players, Steve Kerr is orignally Lebanese as well as Rony Saikly. Rony played with the Lebanese National team and was waived from the NBA when he took this step…in all cases he was in mid of his 30s that time.

    • Aug 4, 20134:37 am
      by Cedar

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      Gentleman

      As you are aware I cannot stress how much of a significance Fadi el Khatib will be for the coming NBA season of 2013. After looking  at a replay of Fadi playing against Japan I can honestly say that this guy is definitely NBA material. In fact Fadi has become almost a hidden talent for almost a decade now and NBA scouts have not even considered him a possible substitution for a NBA team. His talent goes all the way back to the 2002, 2006 and 2010 world championships were Fadi has become a top 2 and mostly a top 10 scorer of all the tournaments. He has doe this all without the help of the Lebanese federation or even the head of Lebanese Olympic committee. However what separates Fadi from all other players competing in international competitions or the NBA is his willingness to succeed and honestly guys if you have served a country for more than a decade at a questionable age then that’s what teams in the NBA should be looking for. Despite size or ability he was considered a fierce opponent according to the likes of marc gasol, Nicholas batum  and Joel Anthony all current nba players.

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